The dangers of carbon monoxide, an odourless and colourless gas, received province-wide attention in December 2008 when a family of four, including OPP Const. Laurie Hawkins, died from a leak in their Woodstock home. Police said a carbon buildup in the pipe of a gas fireplace caused the issue. In addition to legislation, the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education was created in response.